July 30, 2001

Lance Simmens, National Director 
Government Relations
Screen Actors Guild
5757 Wlishire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dear Mr. Simmens:

          I was pleased to hear that the Screen Actors Guild will consider joining the Film and Television Action Committee, the Teamsters and the Laborers Union in filing a petition with the International Trade Commission later this year.

          The loss of jobs in the film and television production industry because of Canadian subsidies must be stopped. This petition will help to end this unfair practice.

          I hope that with the filing of this petition, the International Trade Commission will immediately begin its examination of the Canadian subsidies,and that the U.S. Trade Representative will ultimately be empowered to negotiate with Canada to halt this illegal practice.

          If there is anything I can do to support your efforts, please let me know.


                                                                                                         Barbara Boxer
                                                                                    United States Senator